how do I change Windows 8.1 computer name in DOS?

September 6, 2014 at 12:13:50
Specs: Windows XP
I can change the basic name of the computer but when I ask the computer who am i in dos it still says the old name. I'm having a problem with log me in and they said it won't correct until I fix this

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#1
September 6, 2014 at 14:19:34
Here's the MS way to change the name:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Assuming that's the way you did it I'm not sure why command prompt would show differently. It may be a registry entry. Reboot once or twice and see if it takes then.

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#2
September 6, 2014 at 14:39:58
Thank you. I've got windows 8.1, I assume that it's the same. I did change it basically the same way. I try restarting the computer a couple times and see what happens. I can't understand why when you ask the computer "who am I? it still says the old name.

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#3
September 6, 2014 at 17:48:03
I tried a name change when I had Vista. Some parts changed others did not. I eventually went back to the old name and decided to avoid this feature for ever more (in any system).

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#4
September 6, 2014 at 20:50:18
whoami referres to the user logged in at that moment.
I can only see a change in hostname (comptername) after restart

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#5
September 7, 2014 at 00:39:29
how to change your computer name in windows 8.1
http://is.gd/2dFWCU
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/renam...

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#6
September 13, 2014 at 13:57:07
Thank you everyone, but my problem is not resolved.

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#7
September 13, 2014 at 16:52:54
"they said it won't correct until I fix this"

Who is it that said this and what is the issue you are having with login?

Could you also let us have the command you are using in Command Prompt please.

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#8
September 14, 2014 at 05:52:54
The problem is with the "Log Me In" program. Support at "Log Me In" has told me that until this is corrected there will continue be an issue logging into this computer remotely. They had not solution to the problem. This is a new Windows 8 Dell computer. which was set up with a name of Scott. My boss like the computer so he wanted it. It had to changed to Joe. We changed it to Joe. When you turn on the computer it comes up as Joe. I have "Log Me In" on the computer with all of his information. He has to go through an additional confirmation step (his password information) which he didn't have to provide in his old computer. This is inconvenient for him...(too much to do). He wants it like it was before. When you're at C: and ask the computer whoami the computer says that it's still "Scott. I think the answer is probably to call Dell Support

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#9
September 14, 2014 at 08:29:49
Oh, we had no idea you were using the "Log Me In" program, which makes all the difference. I've never used it but keep watching in case someone else knows about it. Presumably it is essential, otherwise it might be a good program to uninstall if it causes issues with Windows.

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#10
September 14, 2014 at 10:05:10
I don't see my original message here which explains that it I had a problem with log me in. How do you log into your windows 8 computer remotely? Which program do you use. I started using "Log Me In" because it was free, now it's not. I do pay a fee. I would have thought they would have provided better tech support.

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#11
September 14, 2014 at 11:33:33
I've no personal experience of remote login. If nobody responds in the next day or two it might be best to raise a new post just asking about suggested programs for this. That will put it at the top of the pile so its more likely to get noticed. It shouldn't be seen as a double post because the subject line will be different.

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#12
September 14, 2014 at 12:02:21
Thank you for your time and thoughtful answers.

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#13
September 14, 2014 at 12:44:07
No way for us to know you were using a program, the correct file name is LogMeIn.

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#14
September 14, 2014 at 19:52:12
Can you write here what the "whoami" cmd displays?



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